Now more than ever, it’s important to be visible in your organisation. In today’s highly competitive world, being good at your job is not enough to get you the promotion and growth in your career you need and deserve. If senior management and decision-makers are not aware of what exactly you bring to the table, then you could be passed up for promotions, raises, and special opportunities. At this time when organisations are looking to lay off people, your value should be unmistakable to the stakeholders involved, if you’ve been doing this right.
Here are some strategies you can implement to make yourself more visible at work:
- Take initiative: Taking on projects that have been pending for a while and need to be done or completing a project that has been on your boss’ to-do list is a sure way to become visible at work.
- Speak up in meetings: Meetings are a great opportunity for you to share your ideas and demonstrate your knowledge to your teammates and superiors. If you think you have nothing to say or are not well equipped to make comments, then read the agenda of the meeting beforehand and prepare questions to ask at the meeting. Preparation gives you much-needed confidence.
- Build your network: It’s important to build your network outside of your immediate team. Be intentional about your networking strategies and think of the best ways to meet the people you want to network with. During company events, ensure to introduce yourself to as many people as possible and let them know what you do.
- Keep track of your accomplishments: Keeping track of your accomplishments is great, especially when it’s time for reviews. If you exceed your goals, keep your paperwork to prove it. Archive whatever compliments you get from your supervisors.
- Become a specialist: Most new organizations hire generalists, someone who can do a lot of different things. But as the organization grows, they tend to need more specialists, people who are focused on some key areas. Look for skills your organization wants and work on becoming a specialist in those areas. The more skillful you are in those areas, the more likely you are to be noticed at work.
- Avoid gossip: Having and telling the latest gist about your colleague might be a fast way to become popular but it’s also a fast way to get fired. Never resort to gossip to gain popularity.
- Do business development: Your role shouldn’t stop you from bringing new business to the company. You would automatically become an asset if you continually bring business to help the company grow. This doesn’t mean you have to go about advertising for your employer, but you should maintain a sharp awareness of the opportunities that surround you, whether you’re in a grocery store or a board meeting.
- Exceed deadlines: If you can complete your work in an efficient and timely manner, your boss would be able to see what you are capable of and that would lead to them trusting you with more responsibilities. Make sure your work is well done with little or no errors; it’s no good if you finish on time but your work is full of errors.
- Always give 100%: No matter what job you are given to do, ensure you give it 100% and more. By giving your 100%, you become a valuable asset to your boss and the company and it’s easy for your boss to rely on you because they know you would deliver.
- Be a team player: Be attentive to your co-workers’ needs and offer your help whenever and however you can. This doesn’t mean you should take on other people’s jobs while they loaf about, just to earn popularity.